December 19, 2005
Students should bring in a rough draft of their paper tomorrow, December 20th. Students will peer-edit their papers in class. Scroll to the bottom of this entry to read a sample paper.
Choose One Writing Prompt:
What is the potential effect of genetic engineering on the course of evolution?
Do the potential benefits of genetic engineering outweigh the potential risks?
- Final Copy
- Peer Evaluation
- Rough Draft
- Write in 1st person, (no “I think…”)
- Avoid use of words such as this, that, it, stuff, etc. Use proper names, nouns, or adjectives that are descriptive.
- Make your opinion clear.
- Type and double-space 2 pages, (done at school)
Search terms to use if you decide to research at home
- genetic engineering or gene therapy
- controversy of..., benefits of..., risks of...
- Chapter 4, Modern Genetics
- Chapter 5, Evolution
Click below to read a SAMPLE STUDENT PAPER.
Posted by Larkin at 04:32 PM
December 15, 2005
There will be a test tomorrow covering Chapter 5, sections 1 and 3 only. As ususal, a completed and signed study guide is worth 5 bonus points. A study session will be held at 8:15 tomorrow morning.
Click to download and print the study guide:
Posted by Larkin at 10:14 AM
December 14, 2005
As many of you may know, our students participated in a genetic transformation lab. Students took a DNA plasmid extracted from a jellyfish and inserted it into the DNA of a bacteria. For a week, they grew this new microorganism in the lab. They have completed a cutting-edge transgenic lab, designing a new species of bacteria which manufactures a protein that fluoresces under UV light, indicating that the new DNA has been successfully inserted into the DNA of the bacteria. Our students are getting an authentic look at how genetic scientists are using new technologies to create treatments (and hopefully someday even cures) for diseases such as diabetes, hemophilia, and cystic fibrosis to name a few.
Check out some of the pictures!
Posted by Larkin at 12:09 PM
December 12, 2005
Students will have a test on Chapter 5, sections 1 and 3, on Friday. As usual, the study guide is worth 5 bonus points when completed and signed by a parent.
Posted by Larkin at 03:56 PM
December 05, 2005
Students should turn in their completed lab packets on Tuesday, December 6th.
Posted by Larkin at 04:54 PM